A proposal was presented at a higher education conference at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan and discussed “using mentoring to increase retention and success of minority students in higher education.



By-laws were drafted and selection of a Board of Directors at Rhode Island Community College in Warwick, Rhode Island and formed the National Mentoring Association.



By-laws were adopted and the National Mentoring Association was ratified at the American College at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania as a membership association in response to the growing need for an organized forum focused on innovative and effective mentoring ideas and practices.


2000 - 2008:

The IMA was housed at Western Michigan University



IMA moved its headquarters to Farmington, New Mexico.



The name of the association was officially changed to:

International Mentoring Association.(IMA), a non-for-profit organization and registered as a 501c3.



The International Mentoring Association moved to 1716 Las Lomas Blvd. NE. Albuquerque, NM, at the University of New Mexico



The International Mentoring Association moved it’s headquarters to Florida and is a consociation with the University of Florida.  Currently located at 4211 NW 186th Street, Newberry, FL 32669, USA www.mentoringassociation.org


What Is The IMA

Since 1987, the International Mentoring Association (IMA) has been the premier source for best practice solutions and support of mentoring and coaching professionals and their programs.

The IMA advances individual and organizational development by promoting the use of mentoring best practices in every organizational setting. Our diverse and dynamic worldwide organization unites a broad cross-section of people who are interested in the theory and practice of effective mentoring. Members bring unique experiences and a fresh perspective from their various fields of mentoring. Working together, we share a common commitment to increasing:

• the impact of mentoring

• the performance of mentoring participants

• the effectiveness of the organizations those participants serve